12 March 2010
Noson Gymreig In Ystrad mynach
A pioneering event for Welsh speakers and learners has been launched in Ystrad Mynach.
On Monday 8 March the first Noson Gymreig took place at the town's Siloh Community Centre. In a cafe style atmosphere, the guests enjoyed an evening of Welsh culture. But with a difference. This was no mere talking shop but an opportunity to get reacquainted with classic Welsh hymns and readings.
The attendees represented a wide range of ages and linguistic ability. Whilst some had been fluent in Welsh since their earliest days, others were still learning and a few were taking their first steps in Europe's oldest surviving language.
Ffion Williams, Siloh Community Centre's Development Manager said: "The purpose of these evenings is to help Welsh speakers of all abilities to reconnect with Wales' dynamic Christian heritage. Through stories, song and live music people will enjoy socialising in Welsh and also learning more about the nation's spirituality."
The Noson Gymreig will take place once a month and the next one will take place at 8pm on Monday 12 April. It is hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Wales and New Wine Cymru. Entrance is free.
If you are interested in attending the next Noson Gymreig please contact Ffion Williams on 01443813617.
Editor's note: Ffion Williams is available for interviews on Welsh and English.
Alliance Wales press officer, Gethin Russell-Jones 07985 145726
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